Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/201441
Authors: 
Engdahl, Mattias
Lindgren, Karl-Oskar
Rosenqvist, Olof
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 2018:3
Abstract: 
We study the short- and long-term impact of local enfranchisement of foreign citizens born outside the EU on political integration outcomes. Local voting rights for foreigners were introduced in the Swedish electoral system in 1976. This right to vote is conditional on having spent at least three years in Sweden prior to the election. Until 1998 Swedish elections at all levels were held every three years; since then they have been held every four years. The wait time before the first opportunity to vote thus differs substantially for immigrants immigrating just before this cutoff date versus just after. Our analysis shows that immigrants whose timing of arrival makes them eligible to vote after slightly more than three years in the country are not more likely to naturalize or vote in later elections compared to immigrants whose timing of arrival means they must wait six or seven years to vote. The results suggest that earlier opportunities for political participation do not improve subsequent political integration of immigrants as measured by naturalization and voting.
Subjects: 
Local election
voting rights
noncitizens
integration
naturalization
turnout
JEL: 
D02
D72
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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